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Nisqually Vista Trail is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until October.

Length 1.1 mi Elevation gain 180 ft Route type Loop
Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Walking Forest Paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs No dogs
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This family-friendly trail features beautiful views of Nisqually Glacier with a short walk from Paradise VC. Accessibility: The trail is paved and typically at least three feet wide, but has some steep areas where the grade is above 12%. The average grade is 6%. There is a staircase by the parking lot and snowdrifts in the winter on the trail may make it impossible to use wheelchairs and strollers at these points.

Mt. Rainier Entrance Fee

Paradise Ranger Station Tel: 360.569.2211 ext. 2314

From the Nisqually entranceon Highway 706, 18 miles on Longmire-Paradise Road to the main Paradise Parking area. The trail starts at the stone steps near the Jackson Visitor Center

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Karly Mareka
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HikingGreat!

Visited last August. Was very foggy, so views were obscured, but gorgeous displays of wildflowers. Easy and kid-friendly.

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Bethany Decker
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Hiking

Very pretty trail! Unfortunately the smoke had most of the view completely covered.

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Elizabeth Ankabrandt
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very nice heart pumping hike

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Ryan Ankabrandt
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Arka Ghosh
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Johnny Jeter
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Hiking

Quick, easy, scenic, and views for days of the fog hasn’t rolled in!

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Lauren Acosta
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Very simple and beautiful hike! Perfect for families

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Donna Baron
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HikingGreat!

Nice trail with a very good view of mt rainier! Great for kids

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Sarah Leland
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Hiking

Easy, paved trail to see some nice views of Rainier, though views from just a bit up Skyline are better (in my opinion). Few shaded areas but mostly in the sun. Not an overly popular trail, at least when I was there on a Friday afternoon.

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Carol Moore
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HikingBugsGreat!

Easy paved trail with beautiful wildflowers, wildlife and gorgeous views of Rainier

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Cameron Stalnaker
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Great simple hike with tons of views!

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Kayla Ellis
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Hiking

Fun & easy trail! Paved the entire way, but is a bit hilly. Amazing views of the mountain and definitely less crowded than the trails right at paradise lodge.

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Renee Lirag
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Walking

Not busy 8/24/20, unfortunately it was cloudy so it blocked our view of Mt Rainier. Also, I think if we had gone 1 or 2 weeks ago then we would see more wild flowers because there wasn’t as much as I was expecting. Overall, just okay.

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Thamasha Punchihewa
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WalkingGreat!

Gorgeous trail with stellar views. I'm completely out of shape and hiked with a toddler on my back, so it felt more like a moderate trail to me haha! There was a sign stating there was bear activity in the area.

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Jessica Noppakovat
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Fun, beautiful hike, but crowded.

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Scott Fleming
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Awesome!!!

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Joel Goldstein
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Hiking

Very peaceful trail. But there's a reason why it's so peaceful; because there's nothing really interesting on this trail. Skip it. Also, the trail is 1.2 miles, not as it says here that it's 0.9 miles

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Paula Purtteman
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WalkingGreat!

Went beginning of August, lots of beautiful wildflowers. The views are spectacular! Very short, we did this with a 7 and 5 year old in 30 minutes. All paved.

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Charmi Patel
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WalkingFeeGreat!

Very easy and enjoyable. I rated it a 4 star because the day I went it was so foggy Mt.Rainier was completely covered

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Paco Contreras
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Hiking

Super easy walk. But the view of the Nisqually Glacier and Mt Rainer is fantastic! Definitely worth it whether you are a beginner or an experienced hiker. We have done it w toddlers, teenagers and seniors. Everyone enjoys this one! Very convenient parking on the visitor center

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Maria Miller
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HikingGreat!

Very short trail. Had beautiful views of Mt Rainier. Enjoyed the wild flowers. Recommended for families and all ages.

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Claudia Flores
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Nice easy trail with beautiful views and lots of wildflowers. First icefall I’ve ever seen.

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Somnang Hohaia
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HikingBugs

Clear path. Lots of mosquitoes. Nice easy path for the kids. Beautiful view and lots of flowers.

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Mandi Kelley
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Hiking

Beautiful! One of my most favorite short hikes yet! Beautiful flowers in the meadows and awesome views! Paved the whole way so almost everyone can enjoy!

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Lisa McKerrow
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HikingSnow

We had so much fun on this trail 20 Jul 2020. The snow mounds were so much fun to hike in 80° weather. The views were pretty. If there weren't snow, it would have been an easy hike and probably not as much fun. We saw a family try and take their double stroller and told them there was no way they were making it. They ignored and continued on since they were currently on pavement

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Michael Guthrie
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The trail is labeled as stroller friendly. I’m sure it would have been if there wasn’t so many large snow drifts on it. Also if coming directly from the parking lot, there is a large staircase you’d have to carry the stroller up. So my party thought we’d try to carry the babies down the path instead. We had to give up after the third large snow drift. We didn’t even make it to the loop.

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Arun Das Mohandas
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HikingBugsGreat!
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